Savannah is a great city, full of great people doing great things. So next time you are ready to hit the town but can’t figure out where to go then check out Scout’s, “My Favorite Things” series. We will get the inside scoop from influential community members on where they spend their down time in our great city. Safely supporting local business is essential to keeping our city vital and is needed now more than ever.
The art scene in Savannah does many things for the community…it reflects community values, creates a sense of pride, encourages expression, brings people together, reveals truth and especially entertains and brings joy. The Savannah Art Walk is key in promoting galleries and artists, encouraging patrons and bringing a positive energy to our city. This would not be possible without Tiffani Taylor who we consider a great asset to the Savannah community and wanted to find out a little more about her favorite things. Ms. Tiffani Taylor, holds advanced degrees in Painting and Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2011, she opened her eponymous gallery in historic downtown Savannah. In 2015, she was awarded an Atelier Ambassador Grant by the Savannah College of Art and Design to open an artist’s studio in Lacoste, France. In addition to founding the Savannah Art Walk in 2015, she also taught Art and Marketing at Icart University in Paris in 2017. Her work is shown in galleries internationally; including the Salvador Dali Museum.
Your favorite place to grab a cocktail in Savannah and why?
Circa 1875 is my favorite place to have a cocktail–their bar area, with the woodwork and vibes, reminds me of being in Paris. I find that Circa attracts many artists, musicians, as well as, Savannah movers and shakers!
The restaurant or restaurants you eat out at the most?
For breakfast, I love to take guests to the Hyatt, Moss + Oak restaurant. They have such friendly service and yummy southern inspired fare. For dinner, I love to go to Circa, Husk, and also Tequila Town (a great variety depending on mood and company!).
Where do you go to get your comfort food fix?
When I think of comfort food I immediately think of chocolate first! Adam Turoni creates such artful and delightful concoctions! For comfort sustenance, my go to is pizza–I am particularly fond of Vinnie’s at City Market!
Where do you go to unwind?
To unwind, I enjoy the rooftop at Alida hotel. A glass of rose accompanied with their delicious charcuterie board is divine, coupled with the 360 degree view of our gorgeous city, always makes me breathe deeper and be present!
What do you suggest for people who would like to patronize the arts?
If you are a new collector, or, a seasoned collector, I recommend visiting SavannahArtWalk.com to peruse the abundance of Galleries we have in our historic downtown. You can utilize the Gallery links and download the map to enjoy any day of the year. When art touches your heart, that is your sign! I always recommend collecting art based on visceral reactions.
Do you have a retail store or stores that you can’t live without?
My favorite Savannah store is definitely shopSCAD–From jewelry to original paintings, hostess gifts–they have it all! Most of my personal art collection is of SCAD students and alumni from shopSCAD and SCAD Art Sales. I also love Chad Crawford and frequent his two store locations, 13 Secrets. Capital Bee is another favorite for gifting and all things bright, beautiful, and yummy!
A Savannah business that you find inspiring?
I have to name shopSCAD as the business I find most inspiring, because they help so many artists! I truly got my start there when I graduated from SCAD. Personally, I don’t think there is anything more inspiring than helping artists and shopSCAD promotes the work of student and alumni artists, as well as professors. You are always going to be infused with new energy when you visit.
What is your favorite sweet treat in Savannah?
Ice Cream from Leopolds is always a go to favorite for a sweet treat!
If someone was visiting Savannah for the first time, what’s the one thing they should not miss?
I always give my family and guests a map of Savannah Art Walk to explore our beautiful city. In my opinion, there is no better way to see Savannah than a walking tour of our city and stumbling upon inspiring art! We have the most thriving art scene in the US and you can truly get the most unique and authentic taste of our city through creating your own Art Walk tour based on our map. Also, I encourage lots of coffee and ice cream stops along the way!